Pretty in pink and loaded with fresh berries, this Rosé Sangria is a gorgeous twist on the traditional wine punch. With elderflower liqueur and a touch of honey, this pitcher cocktail is perfect for all your spring and summer gatherings!
Easy Rosé Sangria
Pretty in pink, this easy Rosé Sangria recipe is a pitcher full of refreshing spring and summer celebration!
I’m a big fan of rosé wine, any time of year. But spring and summer are the absolute best times to enjoy a chilled glass – and I love to mix it up with a pitcher of fruity sangria made with rosé.
Besides a bottle of dry rosé, this easy pitcher drink features St. Germain, a super lovely elderflower liqueur, and a touch of honey for sweetness. Lemon slices add a little brightness. And strawberries and raspberries go so well with rosé, plus they continue the pretty pink theme.
This sangria is perfect for entertaining, somewhat of a wine punch. It’s a great brunch cocktail option and a welcomed glass of refreshment on a hot summer’s evening. This would also be a beautiful drink to celebrate Mother’s Day!
Why You’ll Love this Sangria Recipe
This is a wonderful way to make sangria. Here are a few reasons why I love this rosé sangria recipe:
- Super easy to make. Really, this is simply a dump it altogether and let it chill kind of drink. It comes together in just a few minutes!
- Great for entertaining. Pitcher sangria drinks are the answer to easy entertaining. They’re meant to be made ahead of time, so the flavors have time to mingle and the pitcher has time to chill. Then all you have to do when your guests arrive is pour the sangria into individual glasses!
- Lightly sweet. I much prefer drier wines, so this sangria starts with a dry rosé. But I added some honey for a little natural sweetness. It’s lovely with the wine and berries, and you can add as little or as much as you like, depending on the sweetness of the wine and your own preferences.
- Packed with fresh fruit. As you know, I love drinks made with fruit. And sangrias were meant to be packed with fresh fruit! I like how the berries infuse flavor throughout the pitcher, plus they’re delicious to eat in my glass!
- So pretty. I know I shouldn’t make a drink based on looks alone, but can you blame me when I say I love to serve this rosé sangria for its look as much as for its taste? It’s the prettiest-in-pink drink that says “let’s celebrate!”
What is Sangria?
Sangria is a punch that originated in Spain and Portugal and typically includes red wine and chopped fruit such as apples and oranges. It is served chilled or over ice.
You’ll find many variations of sangria that include different kinds of wine (both still and sparkling), plus different liquors and liqueurs, fruits and fruit juices, herbs, etc.
Here’s what you’ll need to make this rosé sangria.
Scroll down to the recipe card at the end of this post for the exact ingredient amounts and full instructions.
- Water & honey – Water helps the honey dissolve to create a honey simple syrup. This adds a soft natural sweetness to the sangria. You can add more or less, or swap it for simple syrup if you like.
- Rosé wine – Choose a bottle of rosé that you already like to drink. I enjoy a drier rosé, so that’s what I use for this sangria. But if a sweet rosé is more your thing, then that’s what you should use.
- St. Germain elderflower liqueur – This liqueur is one of my favorites. It has a light, sweet, floral flavor and scent – absolutely beautiful.
- Fresh berries – I like to use strawberries and raspberries in this drink, to expand on the pretty pink rosé vibe. Blackberries, blueberries, and sweet juicy peaches would also be nice. I really do like berries best for this particular sangria, but feel free to use what you like.
- Lemon slices – Slice up a lemon and add it to the pitcher – it’ll infuse the pitcher with a touch of bright flavor, plus a striking color contrast.
- Mint leaves – I adore fresh mint in cocktails and mocktails, such as a mint julep or peach mint julep, and a rhubarb mojito or tequila mojito. Mint adds a layer of super fresh flavor, plus color to the glass.
What is Rosé?
Rosé is a type of wine that’s somewhere in between a red and a white. Rosé gets its distinctive pink color from the amount of time it ferments with the dark grape skins, giving it a touch of pink rather than red. You’ll find it in both sweet and dry varieties, and it’s usually placed near the white wines in the wine aisle.
How to Make Sangria with Rosé
Rosé sangria is a quick drink to put together! Just make sure to leave enough time for it chill thoroughly. Here’s how to do it:
- Dissolve the honey. Place the honey and water in a small microwave-safe bowl or sup. Heat for 20 seconds, then whisk until honey is dissolved. Let cool.
- Add the fresh ingredients. Add the strawberries, raspberries, lemon slices, and mint to a large pitcher.
- Add liquid ingredients. Pour in the rosé wine, St. Germain, and honey syrup. Stir gently to combine.
- Chill the sangria. Place the pitcher in the fridge to chill for at least 1 hour, and up to 2 hours before enjoying.
Variations & Tips for the Best Sangria
This is a super easy recipe to prepare, but here are a few tips to make it the absolute best:
- Make the sangria in advance. This is a drink that you should make ahead of time. You want the fresh fruits to infuse into the drink and for the pitcher to be fully chilled before serving.
- But don’t make too far in advance! Ideally, I like to place this pitcher of rosé sangria in the fridge to chill 1-2 hours before guests arrive. This ensures that it’s incorporated and chilled, and that the fruit is at its best. If you make it too far in advance, the delicate berries start to lose their color (into the liquid) and optimal texture.
- Chill the rosé first. To maximize chilling, I always put the bottle of rosé in the fridge to chill earlier in the day. This gives a jump start on ensuring the sangria is fully chilled when it’s time to serve. If I happen to forget this step (which does happen!), I put the bottle in the freezer for 20-30 minutes and set a timer so I don’t forget to pull it out!
- Try adding different fruit. Orange or blood orange slices, diced or sliced apple, blackberries, blueberries, sliced peaches, plums or pears, halved grapes – these would all be good fruit choices if you didn’t want to use strawberries and raspberries.
- Add sparkling wine. Use a sparkling rosé wine for a festive, bubbly touch!
What Goes with Sangria?
What to eat with glasses of sangria? Here are a few suggestions. (Note that it’s perfectly acceptable to simply sip on cold glasses of rosé sangria and nibble on the fruit for a snack!)
- As part of Mother’s Day brunch: Make Mom’s day with a Mother’s Day brunch and a beautiful pitcher of rosé sangria! Some excellent brunch menu suggestions include my favorite overnight egg bake or a herby crustless quiche with crab and bacon, plus a stack of double chocolate pancakes or Belgian waffles. And this cheesy hashbrown casserole recipe is always a hit with EVERYONE!
- During cocktail hour: Pair rosé sangria with a variety of appetizers such as shrimp dip or bacon wrapped scallops or potstickers. Or fire up the grill for some amazing margarita grilled shrimp!
More Cocktail Recipes to Try
- Sangria in Rose, Bourbon, and Blue
- Prosecco Margaritas
- Apple Sangria with Bourbon and Thyme
- Espresso Martini
- Classic Manhattan
- New York Sour
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- ¼ cup water
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 bottle dry rosé wine, fully chilled
- ½ cup St. Germain elderflower liqueur (add more if you like!)
- 2 cups sliced strawberries
- 1 cup fresh raspberries
- 1 medium lemon, sliced
- ¼ cup fresh mint leaves
- Place the honey and water in a small microwave-safe bowl. Heat for 20 seconds, then whisk until honey is dissolved. Set aside to cool.
- Add the strawberries, raspberries, lemon slices, and mint to a large pitcher.
- Pour in the chilled rosé, St. Germain, and honey syrup. Stir gently to combine.
- Place the pitcher in the fridge to chill for at least 1 hour, and up to 2 hours before enjoying.
- Pour sangria into individual glasses, with or without ice, and include some of the fruit. Garnish with additional lemon slices and mint sprigs if desired.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 179Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 8mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 2gSugar: 18gProtein: 1g
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